posted by adambizzomb69 (OCEANSIDE, CA) Apr 18, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I have not played a good Kinect game since Kinect Sports, until now. Me and my family (wife and two girls, ages 5 and 6) played this game all day on Saturday and enjoyed every minute of it. The graphics are great and there are a lot of minigames to choose from. Most of the games replicate the games at an actual carnival or fair.
You can also purchase prizes in game with the tickets you recieve and unlock awards for you avatar. The only con, in my opinion, is that for my girls, the sensor didn't read them accurately. That was a minor issue as it only happen 2-3 times the whole day. Good game for the whole family. I recommend to rent it first to see if it is for you.
gamers (82%) found this review helpful
When the Wii first launched I was excited for most every new game that came out, eager to see what innovative and physically engaging new experiences developers had created. Years later I've mostly given up on Nintendo's hardware but I've fallen into that same whimsical frame of mind over Kinect. The desire to try more games and the shear luck that GameFly sent me a new release are the only reasons I'm playing Carnival Games: Monkey See, Monkey Do. It's a tried-and-true minigame collection that got its start on the Wii and hasn't learned many new tricks as it's evolved over to the Xbox 360.
Ok, there's another reason I wanted to give Carnival Games a shot: Skee Ball, or in this case 'Alley Ball' as it's called. It's one of my favorite redemption style games of all time and I'm always up for trying a new version of it that doesn't require a $1,000 machine and ball wax. Right off the bat I was crushed as Alley Ball is one of the flakiest incarnations of the game I've ever played. The cups you're aiming for have been rearranged and resized to make it extra difficult to hit and the process of simply starting a round takes ages by our attention-addled modern standards. It's not just Alley Ball either, the entire game is crippled by excessive intro, explanation, and point tallying animations where the Barker and his titular Monkey regularly ridicule you for not playing better.
It's like a one-two shot to the kidneys when a round will last just over a minute and be followed by thirty seconds of unskippable animation and dialog before you're given a chance to do anything. I know it's designed for children who may simply be content to jump around in front of a screen but I can't fathom any of them having more patience than me to get back to the action. Those actions at least include a wide range of carnival themed games surrounded by some nice visuals. There's a lot of atmosphere behind the action from familiar carnival rides to your Xbox friends Avatars who play alongside
It seems as if everything is just chance. Due to the fact that the kinect is never an optimal controller the issues are very noticeable in this game. This is very true when playing two player games. (limiting the play area in half)
There are times when the same moves gives off different results. Most games result in timing. So if the kinect assumes your arm moved, it will take it as a full action. This is really frustrating when playing toss and throw games.
There is some fun to be had in this collection, but as far as a go to party game for the Family... stick to pulling out the horse shoes and rings in the backyard.